David Cadman: „The efficient use of energy is particularly important for the future of cities and municipalities"

14. September 2011
  • ICLEI President David Cadman strongly emphasises the need for further movements to climate protection
  • Five European Energy Service Providers and Projects granted with the European Energy Service Award
  • Media Award for coverage on Energy Services

David Cadman, President of International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), honoured the prize winners of the 6th European Energy Service Award (EESA) at the BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels.

This year’s winners in the five categories are the municipality Middelfart Denmark in partnership with the ESCO Schneider Electric, the German Jewish Museum in Berlin for their energy saving project with Johnson Controls, Sello Shopping Mall in Finland, implementing an Energy Performance Contracting with Siemens Osakeyhtioe Industry Sector Building Technologies Division, ICF Group as well as the Romanian Energy Service Company SERVELECT. The Energy Service Media Award which is endowed with 2,000 Euros, is given to Bernward Janzig, freelance journalist.

The award ceremony is embedded in the European Convention 2011 of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. The convention asks the question on how can more concrete sustainable action and the appropriate political response from local governments overcome today's crises. ICLEI President David Cadman underlined that besides the use of renewable energy, the efficient use of energy is particularly important for cities and municipalities – building on the foundation of energy savings. ICLEI is an international association of over 1220 local government members who are committed to sustainable development. ICLEI's members come from 70 different countries and represent almost 570 million people.

Michael Geißler, chief executive officer of Berliner Energieagentur, spoke of “a success story” in his welcoming speech. The European Energy Service Award contributes significantly to make Energy Performance Contracting Europe-wide known. “We received 26 first class applications this year. Therein we see an acknowledgement that this award is gaining acceptance in politics and economy.”

The award winners in detail:

SERVELECT – Energy Service Company from Romania, won in the category “Best European Energy Service Provider“. SERVELECT implemented more than 300 small and medium-sized energy efficiency projects to industrial consumers.
French ICF Group won the award for “Best European Energy Service Promoter“. ICF has designed and negotiated the first energy performance contract and guidelines for comprehensive energy refurbishment of social housing.
In the category “Best Energy Service Project” the six jury members awarded the Energy Efficiency Project in Middlefart Municipality. The project got on the road by energy service provider Schneider Electric, that upgraded in total all 97 municipal buildings with a focus on energy savings.

Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany, received also the award for “Best Energy Service Project” in partnership with Johnson Controls. The ESCO implemented extensive energy efficiency measures in the building. Energy savings increased to 46 percent.
The third winner in the category “Best Energy Service Project” is Sello Shopping Mall in Finland. The ESCO Siemens implemented high ventilation efficiency. This project proves that ESCO model is very suitable also in the commercial sector.

Bernward Janzing, freelance journalist from Freiburg, Germany, received the “European Energy Service Media Award” for coverage about manager and economists, who start to realize, that a utility that is mainly focused on selling as much electricity and gas as possible, will lose in future, printed in the Financial Times Germany.

Organiser of the European Energy Service Day is the European Energy Service Initiative (EESI). This EU supported initiative aims to promote and advance the Energy Performance Contracting model. Coordinated by Berliner Energieagentur partners from nine European countries are working together, organising seminars and trainings, compiling practice guidelines and disseminate results and best practice examples.


Further information on the European Energy Service Initiative can be found online: